5 Tests to help choose the right real estate agent
Most sellers will end up choosing an estate agent that charges the lowest fee or one that offers the highest valuation. However, as some of you may know, neither of these criteria should ever be used to select an estate agent.
“You need to use a little truth serum to get prospective real estate agents to come clean.” – Becki Saltzman
Aside from the obvious requirements, like a valid Fidelity Fund Certificate (FFC), without which an agent may not legally operate, there are a several essential traits to look for in an real estate agent.
His medium is mainly oil paint on either board or canvas. He draws his composition in charcoal and adds preliminary shades and colour by mixing paint and turpentine. The painting is then allowed to dry before he starts to work through the painting, applying paint only and mixing colours as needed. Alexis primarily uses flat brushes, but also uses round brushes, pallet knives and his fingers.
Looking North over the Bot River Estuary, the renowned Arabella Estate is visible at centre on the opposite bank. In the middle distance, just left of centre, a group of four pelicans is feeding in the shallows – click to enlarge.
It’s amazing to see the changes that have taken place in the last six months, on the the Bot River Estuary.
Everywhere the banks of the estuary are taking on a more beach-like appearance. On clean white sand, sea shells, sea weed, red-bait and cuttlefish are in evidence.
The water tastes salty and it’s not unusual to see large shoals of tiny fish being preyed upon by diving sea birds, kestrels and duikers.
In the middle of August 2012, the mouth of the Bot River Estuary was artificially breached. This was done after consulting with the Bot River Estuary Forum (BREF), and estuarine specialists (9 Images, click here for Flickr slideshow).
“I appreciate all facets of life, beauty of creation in all its diversity” – Alyson Guy
After matriculating, with a Senior Certificate in Art History and Practical, Alyson trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She specialised in histopathology, working in South Africa and London until her semi-retirement in 1994.
"Coffee tastes better if the latrines are dug downstream from an encampment."
-- U.S. Army Field Regulations, 1861
"Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows that in such a generation the small will listen to the great."
-- Hebrew Proverb
"Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it."
-- Salvador Dali
(1904 - 1989)
"There does not exist, nor can there exist, true chaos.
Rather what is taken to be chaotic is by nature a system which is governed by laws the observer either cannot or refuses to accept."
-- Camden Narzt
"'Why are you crying?' asked Yossarian.
'Because you don't believe in God!' she said.
'What do you care,' said Yossarian. 'I thought you were an atheist?'
'I am,' she sobbed. 'But the God that I don't believe in is a kind, merciful, loving God, not the vindictive, sadistic, angry God that you don't believe in.'"
-- Joseph Heller
Have few desires."
(604 BC - 531 BC)
"The Way of Lao-tzu"
"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."
(620 BC - 560 BC)
"The Lion and the Mouse"
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Krisca Te works with Open Colleges, Australia's leading provider of counselling training. When not working, you can find her actively participating in local dog show events – in support of her husband.
Lindsey Harper Mac lives in Indianapolis and writes about technology and social media. Lindsey is now completing her graduate degree and she can be found on Twitter @Harpermac11.
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